Peter Francisco Day 2016

3/15/2016

WHEREAS,  Peter Francisco was abandoned as a young child near the present-day site of Hopewell, Virginia in 1765, and he was taken in by Judge Anthony Winston to live and work as an indentured servant; and

WHEREAS,  Peter Francisco listened to Patrick Henry’s historic “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech through a window of St. John’s Church in Richmond on March 23, 1775, and eagerly joined the fight for American independence as a soldier at age sixteen; and

WHEREAS,  Peter Francisco displayed remarkable courage in many battles, once saving the life of his commanding officer and surviving multiple injuries over the course of the war, and went on to witness General George Washington’s decisive victory at Yorktown, Virginia; and

WHEREAS,  Peter Francisco served as the Sergeant-at-Arms in the House of Delegates of Virginia from 1825 until his death on January 16, 1831, after which he was honored by the Virginia House of Delegates and buried with military honors in Richmond’s Shockoe Cemetery; and

WHEREAS, Peter Francisco served his nation and the Commonwealth of Virginia with great distinction and made important contributions to the shared history of our Commonwealth and nation; and 

WHEREAS, since 1973, the Virginia General Assembly has honored Peter Francisco’s service to our Commonwealth and nation by annually recognizing March 15th as Peter Francisco Day;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 15, 2016, as PETER FRANCISCO DAY in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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